Every true coffee aficionado knows that burr grinders are practically a necessity when it comes to making good coffee. Cheap blade grinders simply don’t grind with the kind of precision and consistency that burr grinders do, and how finely they grind the coffee is determine solely by the length of time you let it run. A burr grinder, on the other hand, can be adjusted to get a precise, quality grind every time – the kind needed for perfect coffee drinks.
The problem was that, until know, there weren’t a lot of options for truly portable, automatic burr grinders – ones that you can take backpacking and camping without batting an eye. At least, not until Lume was put on Kickstarter last year.
Lume looks like a single-serve blender, but is a battery-powered burr grinder, employing a newly-engineered stabilized conical ceramic burr to grind precise, smooth coffee. The battery is a rechargeable 3300mAh and will last up to 50 cups worth of coffee.
Furthermore, Lume is also a camp light, putting out 150 lumens worth of bright light for illuminating your tent or providing guidance around your campsite after dark. A single charge can provide up to 20 hours of light (if you don’t grind too much coffee, that is). When the dawn comes, take it out and grind a fresh new cup of coffee to kickstart your morning.
It charges via USB and weighs a mere 22 ounces. A travel pouch for safekeeping while in your pack or suitcase is included.